LAHORE – Sister organisations of mainstream religious and religio-political parties, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH) and Edhi Foundation have claimed a record increase in collection of hides of sacrificial animals this year.

Like the previous year, the federal government had imposed ban on collection of hides of sacrificial animals by banned outfits, giving room to notable welfare organisations to increase their target.

Besides establishing collection points, SKMCH, Edhi Foundation, Idara Khidmat-e-Khalaq and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation made arrangements to collect hides from houses on a phone call. Purpose of this exercise was to ensure generation of maximum funds on Eidul Azha. Workers and volunteers of these organisations responded to phone calls on centres and went to doorsteps to collect hides.

The SKMCH extended this campaign to 20 major cities of Pakistan this year where the hospital made all the necessary arrangements for hide collection. As per previous practice, a large number of volunteers and the hospital staff actively participated in the campaign. The management also established a call-centre at the hospital to entertain telephone calls from the hide donors in this regard.

Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Liaqat Baloch and other leaders visited collection centres in Lahore and reviewed the public response and performance of party workers. The Jamaat-e-Islami has claimed to have collected 18 per cent more hides than the previous year.

Talking to the media during his visit to various collection centres in the City, Baloch said that the government was hatching a conspiracy to sabotage the order of the Supreme Court regarding CNG price reduction. He demanded of the government to reduce the petroleum price to Rs30 per liter. “The reduction in petroleum price would lead to an increase in national exchequer and speed the economy wheel,” he added.

Baloch said the rulers must take steps to build the confidence of Balochs to solve problems of the province. He urged the authorities concerned to recover the missing persons. He emphasised that the nation must get united against drone attacks and terrorism and demanded of the rulers to end military operations in the country.

He warned that the military operation in North Waziristan Agency would result in further chaos in the country. He said that people would continue to support Kashmiris in their struggle for freedom against Indian aggression. “Kashmir should be an important pillar of our foreign policy because Indian occupation is against the law and morality,” he concluded.